MCLAREN BOSS MIKE Fle­witt is in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing a track car with one cen­tral seat. “It would be fas­ci­nat­ing to do [one],” he said. “It would be per­fect on a track, and eas­ier to do be­cause you need all sorts of leg­is­la­tion on the road. We’re not plan­ning one but it’s been thought of. I’m sur­prised some­one hasn’t asked MSO [Mclaren Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions].”

THE BOSS OF Hyundai’s pow­er­train di­vi­sion, Michael Win­kler, be­lieves an ob­ses­sion with rapid charg­ing of elec­tric ve­hi­cles is point­less be­cause most own­ers will recharge their EVS at home overnight. “Slow charg­ing is more healthy for the bat­tery. I would pre­fer to charge my bat­tery slowly,” he said. SEAT PER­FOR­MANCE sub-brand Cupra is a “spe­cial­ity brand rather than a pre­mium brand”, ac­cord­ing to boss Luca de Meo. “Cupra is the best ex­pres­sion of what [Seat] is able to do.” He added that Seat would not push vol­ume with Cupra but in­stead use it as a test bed. “You can’t put a plug-in hy­brid into a £15k Ibiza but you could with a £30k Cupra,” said de Meo.

HONDA WON’T OF­FER a diesel ver­sion of its new CR-V, even though diesel ac­counts for 60% of UK sales of the cur­rent CR-V. “We’ve got to con­vert 60% of cus­tomers. Some peo­ple will move to petrol, but higher-mileage driv­ers will go to hy­brid,” said UK boss Dave Hod­getts. He pre­dicts it will take three years to achieve a 50/50 split between petrol and hy­brid sales of the CR-V.

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